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Kuru, an organic disease of the central nervous system, is found only in Papua New Guinea. Essays cover ethnographic, geographic, and physiologic factors underlying this disease. Interesting discussions of the roles of cannibalism in the spread of the disease, familial ties, and marriage customs. The viral cause of kuru makes it of particular interest to microbiologists and neurologists.
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Essays on Kuru.. Ann Intern Med. 1978;88:141. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-1-141_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(1):141.
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